NASA successfully flies first Large Unmanned Aircraft in public airspace without chase plane (Video)

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NASA successfully flies first Large Unmanned Aircraft in public airspace without chase plane (Video)

NASA’s remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, successfully flew its first mission in the National Airspace System without a safety chase aircraft on Tuesday. This historic flight moves the United States one step closer to normalizing unmanned aircraft operations in the airspace used by commercial and private pilots. Continue reading “NASA successfully flies first Large Unmanned Aircraft in public airspace without chase plane (Video)”

NASA & Amazon are researching traffic between drones and airplanes

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NASA & Amazon are researching traffic between drones and airplanes

NASA and Amazon.com Inc. are tapping experts in France to figure out how to coordinate drone traffic, bolstering the country’s role as a hub for evolving regulation of unmanned aircraft.

While Amazon hired a team in a Paris suburb, NASA headed closer to plane-maker Airbus SE’s home in Toulouse, calling on drone designer Delair-Tech to test prototypes for air traffic management software. It’s a key part of convincing regulators unmanned vehicles are safe to fly higher and further out of sight from their operators, such as while delivering goods.

“Coordinating traffic between drones, as well as with planes, it’s the end-goal that’s mobilizing a lot of people across the industry,” said entrepreneur Michael de Lagarde, chief executive officer of Delair-Tech. “Today, we’re collectively at level zero of traffic management, we just segment the air space.” Continue reading “NASA & Amazon are researching traffic between drones and airplanes”

US pilot unions receive approval to conduct study into single-pilot cargo aircraft

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US pilot unions receive approval to conduct study into single-pilot cargo aircraft

US pilot unions have hit out at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to conduct a study into the use of single-pilot cargo aircraft.

Contained within the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 is a programme that would see the FAA, in consultation with NASA and other relevant agencies, establish a research and development programme in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft assisted with remote piloting and computer piloting.

Initially the parties will conduct a review of FAA research and development activities in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft and, within six months of the enactment of the act, will file a report on the possibility.

The study, listed in section 744 of the act, was opposed by pilots on safety grounds. Continue reading “US pilot unions receive approval to conduct study into single-pilot cargo aircraft”

Amazon, Boeing, GE, Google announce plans to develop private UTM system for drones

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During last week’s FAA Symposium in Baltimore, Amazon, Boeing, GE, and Google announced that they are ready to start working on the development of a private Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system for drones. Testing in conjunction with NASA is supposed to start in the next three months. The system will enable swarms of drones to fly a couple of hundred feet above the ground using cellular and web applications to avoid collisions and allow for remote tracking.

A “TOTALLY DIFFERENT, NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS”

Amazon, Boeing, and Google have already expressed their visions of deliveries made by drones in the future. The companies have also started testing these new technologies on small scale. However, large-scale use of drones to make deliveries will require a robust drone traffic management system, that will prevent drones from crashing into each other or, worse, manned aircraft. Continue reading “Amazon, Boeing, GE, Google announce plans to develop private UTM system for drones”